Chinese people are turning to genetic testing to determine whether they are descended from emperors. Photo: Alamy
Wee Kek Koon
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Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

In China, genetic testing can determine if people are descendants of emperors. What good is that?

  • Chinese people have jumped on the DNA-mapping bandwagon, driven by dreams of imperial descent
  • Surely genetic readings of a person’s susceptibility to certain diseases is more beneficial than blue blood?

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Chinese people are turning to genetic testing to determine whether they are descended from emperors. Photo: Alamy
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Adam Neumann, WeWork co-founder and former chief executive, with his wife Rebekah Paltrow Neuman, in New York City. Photo: AFP
Wee Kek Koon
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Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

WeWork co-founder’s scandalous succession plan was commonplace in imperial China

  • Among the dubious practices Adam Neumann is accused of is giving vast powers to his wife in the event of his death
  • For many widows of Chinese emperors, assuming control after their husbands’ had died was par for the course

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Adam Neumann, WeWork co-founder and former chief executive, with his wife Rebekah Paltrow Neuman, in New York City. Photo: AFP
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